West Ham's Cress cross is so handy for Andy against Chelsea
PUBLISHED: 12:46 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:46 26 October 2015
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Hammers full back Aaron Cresswell was delighted to deliver the cross for Carroll's winner on Saturday
There were just 11 minutes to go on Saturday when Mark Noble played the ball out to the left wing where full back Aaron Cresswell was waiting.
His crosses to that point had been slightly disappointing, but this time he looked up and swung the ball over to where Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll were waiting. It was perfect and Carroll rose highest to thump home an unstoppable header for the winning goal.
“If you speak to Andy, he has been on my case about crossing the ball to him,” said the full back with a huge smile on his face. “He loves the ball in the box so it was nice to cross it over to him and great to see him get on the end of it and put it into the net.
“All the hard work he has been going through over the last couple of months has paid off for him in this game.”
It had and it shows the team spirit in this West Ham side that Cresswell was so delighted for the big striker. It was that spirit that helped to overcome the champions.
“I don’t think we looked at the game as one where we had to win, but we are full of confidence at the moment, especially away from home and when we have played against the top teams and it happened again with Chelsea,” said the 25-year-old.
“It is always nice to get three points and especially against a fantastic team like Chelsea, so it really was a good day all round.”
It certainly was. You couldn’t have written it much better for West Ham fans. Getting in front, then seeing Matic sent off, followed by the first team coach and then Jose Mourinho himself in the break.
“I think that was one of our best first-half performances this season. We were on it from the start,” said Cresswell. “Our home form has been up and down really. The Leicester and Bournemouth games were not good enough, but we did beat Newcastle at home and now this win and thought in the first half we were excellent.”
They were, but despite that and despite playing against 10 men in the second half it was Chelsea who took control and hit back to equalise.
“They made a change in the second half and it was always going to be difficult for us,” said the scouser. “When you are 1-0 up in whatever circumstances, it is hard to know how to play the game.
“They got the goal back, but I think after that we pushed on again, took control and turned the corner.”
They did and Cresswell played his part Not only did he deliver the cross for the winner, he also played his part defensively with some tough tackling.
“It’s definitely going well at the minute for me I think,” he said. “It is always nice to play in teams that are getting three points and hopefully that will continue.”
West Ham sit third going into Saturday’s trip to Watford, the Hammers and Leicester City are the only teams to have scored in every Premier League game so far, but are they in a false position?
Cresswell certainly doesn’t think so.
“It is not a false position, our results have proved that we should be up there, but it is still early days,” he reflected. “There are only 10 games gone and there are another 28 to play, but we have just got to look forward to the next game and then the one after that and hopefully we can have a really good final season at Upton Park.”
With the start they have now made, expectations are high and just to have a good final season, is perhaps the least that people can expect.